First announced at CES 2009, the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900 for T-Mobile is finally here. Check out our hands-on photo gallery.
Changing of the guard
The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900 replaces the Curve 8300 series and brings a number of notable improvements. T-Mobile is the first carrier to offer the smartphone, with retail availability starting February 11.
The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900 holds the distinction of being the thinnest full-QWERTY BlackBerry to date, and packs in a number of features, such as Wi-Fi, GPS, and a 3.2-megapixel camera. The one thing missing? 3G support.
While style is subjective, we have to say we dig the look of the Curve 8900 over the previous Curve 8300 series. It has tapered edges like the BlackBerry Storm and the metallic paint gives the 8900 a fresh, modern look.
The Curve 8900 features a 2.4-inch TFT LCD that supports 65,536 colors at a 480x360 pixel resolution. It's a better screen than the BlackBerry Bold, offering an extra level of sharpness and brightness that's quite impressive.
The BlackBerry Curve 8900's QWERTY keyboard is similar to the one found on the BlackBerry Bold. Since the Curve is smaller, the keys aren't as big or roomy, but we still found it easy to compose messages.